Tom Lane wrote:
>>> I think there's a reasonable argument that by installing
>>> a .a file that isn't a shared library, we are violating
>>> the platform's conventions.
> Hm.  This seems possible with some moderate hacking on Makefile.shlib
> (certainly it'd be no more invasive than the existing Windows-specific
> platform variants). [...]
> Another issue with installing only .a is that there's no provision
> for versioning in .a library names ... what happens to someone who
> needs two generations of libpq on his machine?

Ok, I have spent some time researching and thinking, and I
have three proposals how to deal with linking on AIX.

1) Leave everything as it is and add the LDAP libraries to the
   AIX hack in Makefile.shlib.
- Little work.
- PostgreSQL will continue to be statically linked on AIX (unless
  somebody feeds configure the right LDFLAGS).

2) Remove the AIX hack from Makefile.shlib, add -brtl and 
   -blibpath:"$(rpathdir)":*-L directories in LDPATH*:/usr/lib:/lib
  (this sets the AIX equivalent for RPATH) to LDFLAGS for AIX.
- Dynamic linking on AIX.
- The organization of the libraries (libpq.a static, dynamic) is similar to other operating systems.
- The library organization is counter-intuitive to AIX people,
  and most people will inadvertedly link statically when linking
  against libpq.
- According to Rocco Altier it will not work on historic
  versions of AIX (no -brtl flag).

3) Major hacking in Makefile.shlib to achieve the following:
   - is built from libXX.a in the traditional way.
     Then libXX.a is deleted, and recreated as archive
   - Linking takes place withOUT -brtl, but with -blibpath:...
     as in 2).
   - When the shared libs are installed, I see two options:
     a) copy (and overwrite) libXX.a to libdir, do not
     b) Look for existing libXX.a in libdir, extract all from it, mark them LOADONLY with
        'strip -e', create a new libXX.a with
        these objects and the new

- Dynamic linking on AIX.
- AIX-conforming organization of libraries.
- In the case of 3)b), multiple versions of the library
  can be retained in the same archive. Linking is only
  possible with the latest versions, but old programs
  continue to work.
- 3)a) will probably work on older versions of AIX
  (I hope there's a -blibpath flag).
- Much work, particularly with 3)b).
- Library organization on AIX will be different from other
- 3)b) will probably not work on old versions of AIX
  (I read a posting that makes me believe that 'strip -e'
  was not around before 4.3.3.

I am willing to implement whatever solution we decide upon.
I personally would prefer 3)a), but am happy with anything
except 1).

Laurenz Albe

I personally would prefer 3)a)

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